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Barring a stunning upset in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional playoffs, that seems unlikely now that Molloy was eliminated in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan playoffs by Xaverian, 68-61, Monday night at Christ the King.The Clippers will face Brooklyn rival Bishop Loughlin, the top seed in the tournament, in a semifinal game scheduled for Wednesday at St. Francis Prep. Meanwhile, Molloy will play either St. Peter's or All Hallows in an intersectional first-round game Sunday afternoon at Holy Cross.A win in that game would give Curran 899 career victories."I was hoping this was going to be win No. 899," Grogan said. "I'm really disappointed."Grogan and Ashton Pankey scored 16 points apiece, while Russell Smith had 10 points for Molloy, which couldn't stop a balanced, well-executed offense from a Xaverian team that played one of its best games of the season."We didn't have much energy, the team didn't play seem to have any intensity," Curran said. "I don't know what it was, the atmosphere maybe. There was no excitement in the gym."Holy Cross 81, St. Francis Prep 51. Sylven Landesberg had 22 points and 13 rebounds, Blaise Ffrench had 21 points and seven rebounds and Kayvon Roberts added 11 points for Holy Cross in a Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan quarterfinal win at Christ the King Monday. The Knights take on second-seeded Christ the King in a semifinal game scheduled for Wednesday at St. Francis Prep.Nick Mulero had 11 points and Brian Caffrey added nine points for St. Francis Prep, which will play either St. Peter's or All Hallows in a CHSAA Class AA intersectional first round game Sunday at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross.Landesberg earns player of the year honors. Landesberg, the 6-foot-6 Virginia-bound guard was named CHSAA Class AA player of the year for a second straight year, while Rice's Mo Hicks was named the league's coach of the year.Earning first team honors was Landesberg, Christ the King's Ryan Pearson and Erving Walker, Darryl Bryant from St. Raymond's, Rice's Kemba Walker and Doron Lamb from Bishop Loughlin.Durand Scott and Chris Fouch from Rice, Omari Lawrence from St. Ray's, Molloy's Russell Smith and Blaise Ffrench from Holy Cross were named to the second team and Kevin Phillip, Jayvaughn Pinkston and James Johnson from Loughlin, Xaverian's Rasheem King and Kevin Parrom from St. Ray's earned third team honors.

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